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Death Hunt, The, from "On Dangerous Ground"

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Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann


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Year: 1951 / 1974
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: BMG Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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On Dangerous Ground was a 1951 film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by John Houseman. The screenplay was written by A. I. Bezzerides, and the drama featured Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, and others.

Robert Ryan plays Jim Wilson, a tough police detective embittered by years of dealing with low-life urban scum. After severely beating several suspects, Jim is assigned to a case far from the city to find the killer of a young girl. Joining the manhunt, in snow-covered terrain, Wilson finds himself paired with the victim's father, Walter Brent (Ward Bond), who plans to shoot the killer himself. When the two men come upon a cabin occupied by Mary Malden (Ida Lupino), a blind woman who is also the killer's sister, Wilson's life is changed forever. Mary, a generous and loving person who has cared for her mentally ill brother Danny (Sumner Williams) since the death of their parents, convinces Wilson to protect Danny from Brent. Wilson also promises to get help for Danny if he surrenders to him. Inspired by Mary's courage and recognizing Brent's rage as the mirror image of his own, Wilson gains the insight to free himself from his own blindness.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


In The Death Hunt, Herrmann wrote for eight French horns to convey the furious intensity of the chase scene in the crime drama On Dangerous Ground.

- Program Note from U.S. Army Field Band concert program, 16 December 2015


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